Goodbye Andrea. And, thanks for the rain that we needed to end the drought (if we really had one at all).
Fortunately, Andrea was a lady because she blew out of here quickly leaving us with a nice weekend.
It will be partly sunny with no rain. Sunday will be even better with mostly sunny skies and temps into the 80s. Sweet!
And all those weekend festivals and events will go on as scheduled … rain free.
Check out Christina Hennessey’s Out and About blog post for an awesome collection of things to do and see. You can find it here.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials say that all 24 bathing beaches, including the four on Long Island Sound, will be open to bathers. See the full list here: Beach report
Here’s what you can expect to find in the state’s lakes and rivers, and in Long Island Sound. Remember that licenses are required, even for salt-water fishing.
How will it be on Long Island Sound? Here is the latest data from the National Weather Service, go here: Marine forecast
This is an excellent opportunity to check out the state’s many museums and historic sites, Saturday is the 9th Annual Open House Day sponsored by the state tourism office. There are free tours, free admission and special programs at more than 100 venues.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center will offer free admission from noon to 4 p.m. You can also get a backstage tour of the Goodspeed Opera House, right on the Connecticut River in East Haddam. The Victorian theater has hosted stage luminaries from the 1870s to — after a brief intermission in the mid-20th century — the stars of today.
William Gillette famously portrayed Sherlock Holmes at the Goodspeed, and built his “Castle” not far away. You can tour that too. For the full list of participating museums and sites, go here: Open House Day.
Speaking of famous Williams, Capt. William Kidd the pirate will be remembered in Milford’s annual Captain Kidd Day Treasure Hunt. He may have visited Milford enroute to his fateful trial in Boston in 1699, and rumor says he buried some of his loot there. Kidd Day is on Sunday . Get your treasure map here.
While the Yankees are on their extended West Coast road trip, the New York Mets will host the lowly Miami Marlins for day games on Saturday and Sunday at 1:10 p.m. For tickets and more information, go here for New York Mets.
Our own Bridgeport Bluefish will play two games against the Lancaster Barnstormers, at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.
The Stratford Police Department will set up a sobriety checkpoint in that city over the weekend, said Lt. Frank Eannotti, the department spokesman. It is part of the department’s summer-long DUI enforcement effort.